Red/Blue Analysis

It was only a scrimmage. It is tough to take a whole lot from the Red/Blue game, but we do get a first glimpse from this team. There were some good things, some bad things and some things we may not know what to make of for a few weeks.

The Defense: While the first half numbers might not reflect it, the defense was getting after it. Even though both side shot over 50% in the first 20:00, most of the offense came from ball movement and even some big defensive stops that led to fast breaks. Rarely did we see open shots and easy drives to the bucket. The offense had to work for their points.

Chase Budinger: Sure it was only a scrimmage, but Budinger looked like a player who is ready to put a team on his shoulders. He looked confident and was able to put the team on his back at times. He was able to get his shot off at will and was accurate from the outside. He scored nearly 50% or the Red team's first half points.

You'd like to see him attack the hoop some more and he did not rebound well, but the first impression was a good one.

Jerryd Bayless: Bayless was not happy with the way he shot in the first half, and he did force some shots, but overall the McKale Center debut in a Wildcat uniform was a good one for the freshman. He showed off his explosiveness and knocked down some big time shots. 5-10 from behind the arc is not a terrible percentage, but it likely would have been higher had he not taken some iffy shots.

He dished out five assists, and got after it on defense, although he did pick up five fouls in doing so. He needs to rebound better and cut down on the fouls, but there is no doubt he has the talent to contribute, and even star, right away.

Mohamed Tangara: Was this a coming out party or another Red/Blue Game aberration? Tangara scored the first six points of the game and showed great bounce and drive that he had not showed since high school. Does this mean he is finally over the back issues that plagued him since he arrived in Tucson? If so, Tangara has a chance to help solidify the middle. He showed the ability to use his strength to get down low and had nice touch on his shots, getting more than one roll.

I am optimistic, but must temper it as we have seen other players have great scrimmages, only to not be able to do it when going against unfamiliar opponents.

Nic Wise: Good showing. He and Bayless spent the first half teaming up and worked well together. I think both players are more comfortable with the ball in their hands, but thriving on the floor at the same time gives Olson and the staff a lot of options to mix and match the talent.

Bret Brielmaier: Nothing shocking for the big man. He played hard and smart. He ate up space on the inside and really cleaned the glass which was evident from his 13 rebounds. He was 2-3 from the floor, with the one miss coming off of an ill advised 18-footer. He should continue to be the perfect complimentary player and could see some good minutes inside.

Daniel Dillon: An interesting outing for Dillon. He had good point and assist totals, but missed all four three-point attempts. Dillon worked hard on defense, boarded well and did not commit a turnover. I still think he will be mostly a role player, but he has shown some good things.

Laval Lucas-Perry: Perry worked hard, dished out a lot of assists (8), but did not shoot well and had a high number of turnovers (4). I really see he and Dillon competing for minutes. Right now Dillon has the experience and knowledge edge, but I think Lucas-Perry has more overall talent.

Jawann McClellan: The most disappointing player was McClellan. Frankly, he looked somewhat disinterested and bored. He worked fairly hard on the defensive end, but just floated on offense. He was just 2-6 from the field, did not attack and seemed more content just passing the ball. Hopefully he is just a little tired about playing against the same players everyday, but you expect more from a senior.

Jamelle Horne: Anyone who has been reading this site for a few years will know I am a big Jamelle Horne fan. He did nothing to dispel my enthusiasm for his game. He played smart, in control and showed flashes of what he can do. He split time between the three and four and handled himself well. He was 4-10 from the field, and also knocked down all three free throws. He still needs to gain consistency with his shooting form He was decent on the boards, but committed five fouls and too many turnovers.

Kirk Walters: It is obvious that Walters is still suffering from conditioning issues. He worked hard, but was not overly effective. He had just three rebounds and no blocks. He was alright offensively, but did look a step slow.


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